Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Week 1: Highlights, Challenges and 20 Three Pointers :)

One week is down and I can definitely tell you that the first three days were the hardest days of my life. On the first day I struggled to be myself because I didn't know anyone, and I was so lost, as I explained in my first email. But the second day was the worst!!!! Not to be a pessimist, but if you are coming into the MTC all those future missionaries out there, you need to prepare to wake up at 6:25, study for at least 9 hours a day and go to bed at 10:30. My body still hasn't adjusted to the sleep schedule yet. Although my espanol (spanish) is improving, teaching investigators in Spanish is really difficult!!! I really wish I had Maddy's skills with speaking Spanish porque mi espanol es muy malo, entonces (because my spanish is very bad, then) if you are speaking a language on a mission in the future, practice practice practice and one more thing is . . . practice. Besides the hard things in the MTC, the good thing is that I made it to Sunday. All the missionaries a week in or higher were telling us to just make it to Sunday. Once I did that it was great. So we have been teaching an investigator in Spanish (it's role played so it's not completely real) and it is really dificil (difficult). Our first lesson was awful. Elder Fitt froze up on his Spanish, and my Spanish is no bueno (not good), and I was so excited to get through that lesson, but as we have been preparing I have felt the spirit so much. On our second lesson, we were preparing to teach the restoration of the gospel and talk about the first vision, and I was preparing and practicing I was overwhelmed with the spirit. I started laughing and crying at the same time. It was probably the first complete confirmation that Jose (Joseph) Smith actually saw the Father and Jesucristo (Jesus Christ). So that was a very cool experience, and one that I will remember for a long time. Saturday and Sunday were both very cool. Saturday was the fourth of July and we had a fourth of July devotional. What I learned and what was taught that the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was sent at the right time and in the right place, and Heavenly Father helped all those fighting for their freedom, win and conquer. Another lesson that was taught from the devotional was that we need to always have TRUST. It's the T word, is what I call it. Trust is key. We need to always have trust in our Heavenly Father that he will bless our lives, and if we do what he asks, then he will be able to TRUST us. Another part of Trust that is key is that we need to always make sure our investigators can trust us. We need to be happy, able to listen, and ready to help those in need. Sunday was also really cool, and it was the first time I had completed a real 24 hour fast. Don't worry mom I'm still alive!!! It was really cool to fast for something I really needed help with. I was able to feel the spirit really strongly the whole day. Plus dinner time was pretty amazing because I had so much food, pero yo come muchos comida (but I eat a lot of food) anyways so it wasn't that much of a difference. Later en la noche (in the night), we watched a movie called the character of Christ, which was a talk by Elder Bednar. He explained that we need to not worry about ourselves all the time, but focus on serving others. He explained that we can't be like the cookie monster and be like, "I wan't cookie now" or "I wan't baptism now" we need to have patience and be more Christlike. It was an amazing movie/talk!!! I absolutely love the spirit that is felt here. I also love my district. We have ten personas (people) in the district, 4 of which are hermanas y (Sisters and) 6 are Elders. Our district is already so close, and I have especially come very close to my roommates: Elder Fitt (mi companero) (my companion), Elder Bell and Elder Craig. The two other elders are really cool too (Elder Gosch and Elder Freeman). I have pictures pero (but) I forgot my camera in my room so I'll send a lot next week, sorry mom:( 

I love the letters I got back, and I am sorry that all you are not yet emotionally stable. I know that if you have faith in the Lord he will bless you. But I am so excited to get beat by Brett in basketball when I get back. I have been practicing so he better watch out. Yeah it was funny, yesterday I was unconscious. I missed three shots the whole morning and probably made 20 three pointers. The people who are playing with me were wondering why I wasn't playing college, and I was like "I just wan't to be like my old man and drain threes in peoples faces." Es muy bien (It's very good). So watch out Brett. I also loved the package that I got from all y'all. I started laughing and crying at the same time. I know that I will be a happy spiderman one day because of Maddy and William. But what most surprises me is that Dad gave me a Pro V 1 golf ball and Anamarie gave me her favorite rock, I bet both of you (anamarie and dad) were so sad to give those away. Lastly not firstly, I testify and conquer that if any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God . . . James 1:5. I'll be happy to tell you that I have been drinking plenty of water and doing just fine. 

One last thing if you would like to use and email me, I get the letters that night instead of reading them all on Wednesday. Sorry to all you people I didn't respond to, my hour is running short and I'm too legit to quit and for that reason is why I must quit. 


Hasta luego y buenos suerte (Goodbye and good luck).

Love Elder Heiner!!!

PS elder freeman will send me some of the pictures on his camera and send them to me so I can send them to you:)

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